Life drifting into a place of

Doubt, Fear, and Anger


  • turns us in on ourselves
  • drives us down the spiral ever deeper into our own negative feelings
  • cuts us off from community
  • makes us want to give up on things that used to be important to us
  • takes over our whole consciousness and crowds out our distant vision
  • covers up all our landmarks
  • drains us of energy

What to do in Desolation

  1. Tell God how you feel and ask for help.
  2. Seek out companionship.
  3. Don't go back on decisions you made in consolation.
  4. Stand still and remember your inner map.
  5. Recall a time of consolation, and go back to it imagination.
  6. Look for someone who needs your help, and turn your attention toward them.
  7. Go back to 1.

* excerpts from The Inner Compass by Margaret Silf